by Max Brantley
Climate change hasn't come up at the Guns and Fetuses Session of the Arkansas legislature. But if it did, it would most likely be in the form of unanimous Republican consent that climate change is a liberal fiction. Didn't it snow a lot here on Christmas?
Anyway, the prevalent Republican dogma against climate change comes up as I read a news release from the Walton Family Foundation, which is a product of the billions created by Walmart. Waltons and Walmart are generally held holy by the Guns and Fetuses Caucus and Republican Chowder and Marching Society. So get a load of this:
In December, the Bureau of Reclamation released a major federal study on the impact of climate change on the Colorado River Basin. The study concluded that the projected future demands for water in the basin exceed projected supplies and included a range of options for addressing this demand imbalance. Foundation grantees, including the Environmental Defense Fund, Trout Unlimited and Western Resource Advocates, made the most of the study’s release to spotlight common-sense, cost effective water conservation approaches that make the most economic and ecological sense for the Basin and for the River.
The Basin Study was a wake-up call that we need change in the way the Colorado River is managed. The foundation and its partners are working to promote solutions that will protect river flows while ensuring the region’s communities and agricultural traditions can thrive.
Nate Bell, your help is needed at the Walton Family Foundation — STAT. They continue to believe in climate change.
Should you care about the Colorado River, there's more here. If climate change denial is more your thing, you can tune into KNUT and Elswick any afternoon.